UK PM May forms coalition government after Tories lose seats

Posted at 12:22 PM, Jun 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-09 12:22:53-04

MAIDENHEAD, UK (RNN) - A person in costume, who looked like he came from out of space, seemed out of place standing next to UK Prime Minister Theresa May. Does he come from out of space? Who knows!

Lord Buckethead challenged May, a Conservative member of parliament, for her seat in Maidenhead.

The independent looks like a combination of Darth Vader and the Black Knight from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," but despite that he failed to get close in his bid. He garnered 249 votes, outperforming Elmo, who got three votes, and Howling "Laud" Hope of the Monster Raving Loony Party, with 119 votes, the Guardian reported.

In his Twitter account, Lord Buckethead said he "enjoys planet-conquering, dominating inferior species, and Lovejoy."

His motto of "strong, not entirely stable, leadership" turned heads both in and out of buckets. 

Buckethead's platform contained 15 items, including eliminating all lords except himself, limiting the voting age to between 16 and 80, nationalizing Adele, and legalizing "the hunting of fox-hunters."

The costumed contender, whose real name and face (or faces, again who knows?) has not been revealed. He has made it a tradition to challenge Conservative prime ministers, standing against Margaret Thatcher in 1987 and John Major in 1992, the Guardian said.

On the pivotal Brexit referendum vote of 2016, in which the UK chose in a narrow vote to leave the European Union, Lord Buckethead confessed he was "in hyperspace" during the vote last summer but said he supports remaining in the European Union.

He pledged that if elected, he would support a referendum to determine if there will be a second Brexit vote.

"Your planet is so small. If I were you, I'd stick together. I've seen the asteroid heading your way. I think you've got bigger things to worry about," he said.

Even though May held back the Lord Buckethead challenge, she faces an uncertain political future as a "damaged" prime minister.

May called the "snap" general election to improve the Conservative majority heading into Brexit negotiations. Instead, the Conservatives lost the majority, forcing May to align with the Democratic Unionist Party, a right-leaning group out of Northern Ireland. 

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